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Florida State overwhelms Miami, 41-14

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No. 3 Florida State (8-0) piled up 517 yards of offense and outscored No. 7 Miami (7-1) 20-0 in the second half to capture a 41-14 victory over the Hurricanes in a battle of top 10 teams in Tallahassee on Saturday night.

Heisman Trophy candidate Jameis Winston completed 21 of 29 passes for 325 yards and one touchdown and overcame two first-half interceptions to lead the ‘Noles to their fourth-straight win over the ‘Canes.

With the win, FSU might be equipped to leap over Oregon for the No. 2 spot in the BCS rankings that come out on Sunday, though it could be a short-lived ranking since the Ducks play Stanford on Thursday.

The two teams worked their jabs in the first half, prodding each other’s weakness with a fair bit of power running. The ‘Canes, especially, seemed content with trying to wear down the FSU defense. But the Miami defense couldn’t contain the Seminoles offense when it counted — FSU was a remarkable 11 of 15 on third downs — and FSU took a 21-14 lead into the half thanks in part to two nifty touchdowns — one running and one passing — by Devonta Freeman.

The ‘Noles showed their mettle in the second half and made sure to leave no doubt, blanking the ‘Canes the rest of the way while getting touchdown runs from James Wilder, Jr., and Freeman and two field goals from Roberto Aguayo, who remained a perfect 12 for 12 for FGs on the year. Miami had just 95 yards of offense after halftime, 275 in all.

Stephen Morris needed to have a big game for the ‘Canes to have a shot, but he was limited to 192 yards passing and two touchdowns, while getting intercepted twice. Meanwhile, the ‘Noles had their way on the ground, piling up 192 yards and four touchdowns against the tired ‘Canes defense.

In the end, FSU was a vastly superior team with vastly superior players playing in front of a rabid home crowd. There was a lot of talk before the game about this historic rivalry being ‘back’ but Miami has a ways to go before it lives up to its end of the bargain.

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  1. blacknole08 says: Nov 3, 2013 12:02 AM

    FSU has scored 409 points through 8 games this season… last year we scored 550 points in 14 games…. and in the last 3 weeks we have flat out destroyed 2 teams ranked in the top 8. We are clearly a dominate team and deserve to be considered #1 in the nation!

  2. realfootballfan says: Nov 3, 2013 12:04 AM

    Well, at least we might not have to hear from the “we get no respect” crowd in Miami. You did, however, see FSU’s talent matched across the board unlike with Clemson. The Miami receivers were getting behind the DB’s all day, and their offensive line was pushing FSU around early. They couldn’t sustain that though. Miami just needs more time to stock the cupboard and this will be a real game again in a couple of years.

  3. thegamecocker says: Nov 3, 2013 12:04 AM

    The Noles took it to the THUGS. I hope Madam Shalaylala was there to see the on-slaught. She is a political hack: nothing more….nothing less. I hope South Carolina has a shot against Miami in a bowl game.

  4. realfootballfan says: Nov 3, 2013 12:06 AM

    Also, don’t think their leap will be short lived. Oregon will lose to Stanford like they always lose to a more physical team than them. Stanford is going to punch them in the mouth and take their lunch money like always happens to Oregon against them or Oregon State every year.

  5. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Nov 3, 2013 12:35 AM

    FSU is amazing. Of course QB play has a whole lot to do with that. I don’t disagree they should be considered for #1, but Alabama has done nothing to lose the #1 ranking. If both teams win out they will obviously be playing in the NCG and being #1 or #2 would be irrelevant.

  6. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 3, 2013 12:41 AM

    Why is Stanford ranked #5? Did the Utah game simply not occur, or am I the only one who was hallucinating?

  7. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 3, 2013 12:42 AM

    blacknole08 says: Nov 3, 2013 12:02 AM

    FSU has scored 409 points through 8 games this season… last year we scored 550 points in 14 games…. and in the last 3 weeks we have flat out destroyed 2 teams ranked in the top 8. We are clearly a dominate team and deserve to be considered #1 in the nation!
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    Agreed completely.

  8. vincentbojackson says: Nov 3, 2013 12:42 AM

    The college football playoff is starting one season too late.

    Love to see Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, and then either OSU or Baylor (whoever finishes higher) settle things on the field.

    There will be a lot of crying from fans of the teams that get left out this year.

  9. gborange says: Nov 3, 2013 1:38 AM

    If FSU doesn’t leap Oregon in the standings then that shows you that the BCS is just as big a joke as the Heisman. I’m a SEC fan but FSU deserves #1 as much if not more than Bama.

  10. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 3, 2013 1:48 AM

    I just want to be in the game. We should be there. I take no shots at Alabama, and I wouldn’t at Oregon if their fans weren’t acting like Boise fans, as if they’ve actually played a legitimate defense. Now after Thursday, they will have, but Stanford has no business being ranking #5, so there’s that.

  11. waynefontes says: Nov 3, 2013 1:50 AM

    Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Nov 3, 2013 12:41 AM
    Why is Stanford ranked #5? Did the Utah game simply not occur, or am I the only one who was hallucinating?

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    Other than Baylor, who would you have at #5?

  12. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 3, 2013 1:02 AM

    I would have Baylor there for sure. Miami could have been there (by default) before tonight. Just no way that a 1-loss team — to a subpar team — should have been ahead of an undefeated team this year. It is not like the loss came to a Top 10 team. Hell, even Oklahoma and Auburn were more impressive SOS with one loss than Stanford losing to Utah.

    And then for them to (and should have, given the bad call that helped them seal a win against a Washington team that then went to lose two more straight) eke out that game, I just dunno about them being 5th. 7th or 8th, at best. Clemson shouldn’t have even fallen that far after losing to FSU.

  13. waynefontes says: Nov 3, 2013 1:06 AM

    Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Nov 3, 2013 1:02 AM
    I would have Baylor there for sure. Miami could have been there (by default) before tonight. Just no way that a 1-loss team — to a subpar team — should have been ahead of an undefeated team this year. It is not like the loss came to a Top 10 team. Hell, even Oklahoma and Auburn were more impressive SOS with one loss than Stanford losing to Utah.

    And then for them to (and should have, given the bad call that helped them seal a win against a Washington team that then went to lose two more straight) eke out that game, I just dunno about them being 5th. 7th or 8th, at best. Clemson shouldn’t have even fallen that far after losing to FSU.
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    Good points. Can’t argue with your reasoning. I hope FSU gets to the title game. They are an amazing team. Not a fan or a hater of FSU, I enjoy watching them play. The scary thing (for non FSU fans) is that Winston is only going to get better.

    I would love to see them play Alabama. Or Oregon.

  14. longborer69 says: Nov 3, 2013 1:26 AM

    “Oregon will lose to Stanford like they always lose to a more physical team than them. Stanford is going to punch them in the mouth and take their lunch money like always happens to Oregon against them or Oregon State every year.”

    Every year. Let’s see.
    2010 Oregon 52, Stanford 31.
    2011 Oregon 53, Stanford 30.

    2010 Oregon 37, OSU 20.
    2011 Oregon 49, OSU 21.
    2012 Oregon 48, OSU 24.

    So, one bad game, one loss in the last three years to those teams that you say bully us every year. Stanford beat us once in overtime by a FG, we beat them twice by three TDs. OSU managed to stay within 17 points of us once.

    Try again.

    (Nothing against FSU. It’s probably impossible to say, unless they meet on the field, who would win between Oregon and FSU. I hope they do meet. But the meme that Oregon can’t play against physical teams is pathetic.)

  15. oldforester says: Nov 3, 2013 2:05 AM

    FSU is a good team playing in an average ACC conference. Before pounding your chests like King Kong get more familiar with the skill players Oregon would put on the field against you. Oregon has lost 1 game in two years, that by 3 pts in overtime to Stanford which finished lower in the final standings than Oregon. Mariota is faster, more experienced, & more accurate than Winston. Both are great teams, Oregon has a superior defense and more dangerous offense. Noles win kicking game, that’s it!!

  16. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 3, 2013 2:36 AM

    oldforester says: Nov 3, 2013 2:05 AM

    FSU is a good team playing in an average ACC conference. Before pounding your chests like King Kong get more familiar with the skill players Oregon would put on the field against you. Oregon has lost 1 game in two years, that by 3 pts in overtime to Stanford which finished lower in the final standings than Oregon. Mariota is faster, more experienced, & more accurate than Winston. Both are great teams, Oregon has a superior defense and more dangerous offense. Noles win kicking game, that’s it!!
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    That’s the thing that West Coast people fail to get through their heads — we watch those games every week. It is quite apparent that the same isn’t true for Oregon apologists who continue to speak about FSU as if they watch every week. We know who is on those teams. A lot of us do.

    The bottom line is the same, you watch film of Clemson and you see the same thing with Oregon. You just need to accept that reality.

  17. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 3, 2013 2:41 AM

    And you entered comedian territory when you said Oregon has a superior defense. Who are you kidding? The eye test AND stats say otherwise. FSU runs a pro style offense, classic drop backs, very multiple, deep throws… none of which Oregon does. That is not a knock on Oregon. Their system works. But stats without context is just a bunch of hot air. Mariota isn’t even more accurate than Winston, and despite the illusion that he is, which is more or less attributed to the read option, where most of Mariota’s throws are safe and when LBs and safeties are out of position due to being sucked in by the play fake, he really isn’t more accurate at all, and doesn’t throw a great deep ball, except when the secondaries bite on the read and he hits Huff, Addison or one of those guys.

    Trying to compare one to the other is foolish without acknowledging those facts that show up on film and support the aforementioned assertions.

    It may appear to be an oversimplification, but Oregon truly is Clemson West. They have a better defense than Clemson, but that’s the only real difference. You don’t need to be faster when everyone who handles the ball at RB and WR is faster than everyone they’re up against, as well as being bigger and just as fast as the fastest players on Oregon’s team.

    Enough already.

  18. teambringitstrong says: Nov 3, 2013 4:28 AM

    Florida State overwhelms Miami, 41-14
    Posted by Chris Huston on November 2, 2013, 11:55 PM EST
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    No. 3 Florida State (8-0) piled up 517 yards of offense and outscored No. 7 Miami (7-1) 20-0 in the second half to capture a 41-14 victory over the Hurricanes in a battle of top 10 teams in Tallahassee on Saturday night.

    Heisman Trophy candidate Jameis Winston completed 21 of 29 passes for 325 yards and one touchdown and overcame two first-half interceptions to lead the ‘Noles to their fourth-straight win over the ‘Canes.

    With the win, FSU might be equipped to leap over Oregon for the No. 2 spot in the BCS rankings that come out on Sunday, though it could be a short-lived ranking since the Ducks play Stanford on Thursday.

    The two teams worked their jabs in the first half, prodding each other’s weakness with a fair bit of power running. The ‘Canes, especially, seemed content with trying to wear down the FSU defense. But the Miami defense couldn’t contain the Seminoles offense when it counted — FSU was a remarkable 11 of 15 on third downs — and FSU took a 21-14 lead into the half thanks in part to two nifty touchdowns — one running and one passing — by Devonta Freeman.

    The ‘Noles showed their mettle in the second half and made sure to leave no doubt, blanking the ‘Canes the rest of the way while getting touchdown runs from James Wilder, Jr., and Freeman and two field goals from Roberto Aguayo, who remained a perfect 12 for 12 for FGs on the year. Miami had just 95 yards of offense after halftime, 275 in all.

    Stephen Morris needed to have a big game for the ‘Canes to have a shot, but he was limited to 192 yards passing and two touchdowns, while getting intercepted twice. Meanwhile, the ‘Noles had their way on the ground, piling up 192 yards and four touchdowns against the tired ‘Canes defense.

    In the end, FSU was a vastly superior team with vastly superior players playing in front of a rabid home crowd. There was a lot of talk before the game about this historic rivalry being ‘back’ but Miami has a ways to go before it lives up to its end of the bargain.
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    blacknole08 says: Nov 3, 2013 12:02 AM

    FSU has scored 409 points through 8 games this season… last year we scored 550 points in 14 games…. and in the last 3 weeks we have flat out destroyed 2 teams ranked in the top 8. We are clearly a dominate team and deserve to be considered #1 in the nation!

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    realfootballfan says: Nov 3, 2013 12:04 AM

    Well, at least we might not have to hear from the “we get no respect” crowd in Miami. You did, however, see FSU’s talent matched across the board unlike with Clemson. The Miami receivers were getting behind the DB’s all day, and their offensive line was pushing FSU around early. They couldn’t sustain that though. Miami just needs more time to stock the cupboard and this will be a real game again in a couple of years.

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    thegamecocker says: Nov 3, 2013 12:04 AM

    The Noles took it to the THUGS. I hope Madam Shalaylala was there to see the on-slaught. She is a political hack: nothing more….nothing less. I hope South Carolina has a shot against Miami in a bowl game.

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    realfootballfan says: Nov 3, 2013 12:06 AM

    Also, don’t think their leap will be short lived. Oregon will lose to Stanford like they always lose to a more physical team than them. Stanford is going to punch them in the mouth and take their lunch money like always happens to Oregon against them or Oregon State every year.

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    detectivejimmymcnulty says: Nov 3, 2013 12:35 AM

    FSU is amazing. Of course QB play has a whole lot to do with that. I don’t disagree they should be considered for #1, but Alabama has done nothing to lose the #1 ranking. If both teams win out they will obviously be playing in the NCG and being #1 or #2 would be irrelevant.

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    Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 3, 2013 12:41 AM

    Why is Stanford ranked #5? Did the Utah game simply not occur, or am I the only one who was hallucinating?

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    Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 3, 2013 12:42 AM

    blacknole08 says: Nov 3, 2013 12:02 AM

    FSU has scored 409 points through 8 games this season… last year we scored 550 points in 14 games…. and in the last 3 weeks we have flat out destroyed 2 teams ranked in the top 8. We are clearly a dominate team and deserve to be considered #1 in the nation!
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    Agreed completely.

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    vincentbojackson says: Nov 3, 2013 12:42 AM

    The college football playoff is starting one season too late.

    Love to see Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, and then either OSU or Baylor (whoever finishes higher) settle things on the field.

    There will be a lot of crying from fans of the teams that get left out this year.

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    gborange says: Nov 3, 2013 1:38 AM

    If FSU doesn’t leap Oregon in the standings then that shows you that the BCS is just as big a joke as the Heisman. I’m a SEC fan but FSU deserves #1 as much if not more than Bama.

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    Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 3, 2013 1:48 AM

    I just want to be in the game. We should be there. I take no shots at Alabama, and I wouldn’t at Oregon if their fans weren’t acting like Boise fans, as if they’ve actually played a legitimate defense. Now after Thursday, they will have, but Stanford has no business being ranking #5, so there’s that.

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    waynefontes says: Nov 3, 2013 1:50 AM

    Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Nov 3, 2013 12:41 AM
    Why is Stanford ranked #5? Did the Utah game simply not occur, or am I the only one who was hallucinating?

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    Other than Baylor, who would you have at #5?

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    Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 3, 2013 1:02 AM

    I would have Baylor there for sure. Miami could have been there (by default) before tonight. Just no way that a 1-loss team — to a subpar team — should have been ahead of an undefeated team this year. It is not like the loss came to a Top 10 team. Hell, even Oklahoma and Auburn were more impressive SOS with one loss than Stanford losing to Utah.

    And then for them to (and should have, given the bad call that helped them seal a win against a Washington team that then went to lose two more straight) eke out that game, I just dunno about them being 5th. 7th or 8th, at best. Clemson shouldn’t have even fallen that far after losing to FSU.

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    waynefontes says: Nov 3, 2013 1:06 AM

    Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Nov 3, 2013 1:02 AM
    I would have Baylor there for sure. Miami could have been there (by default) before tonight. Just no way that a 1-loss team — to a subpar team — should have been ahead of an undefeated team this year. It is not like the loss came to a Top 10 team. Hell, even Oklahoma and Auburn were more impressive SOS with one loss than Stanford losing to Utah.

    And then for them to (and should have, given the bad call that helped them seal a win against a Washington team that then went to lose two more straight) eke out that game, I just dunno about them being 5th. 7th or 8th, at best. Clemson shouldn’t have even fallen that far after losing to FSU.
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    Good points. Can’t argue with your reasoning. I hope FSU gets to the title game. They are an amazing team. Not a fan or a hater of FSU, I enjoy watching them play. The scary thing (for non FSU fans) is that Winston is only going to get better.

    I would love to see them play Alabama. Or Oregon.

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    longborer69 says: Nov 3, 2013 1:26 AM

    “Oregon will lose to Stanford like they always lose to a more physical team than them. Stanford is going to punch them in the mouth and take their lunch money like always happens to Oregon against them or Oregon State every year.”

    Every year. Let’s see.
    2010 Oregon 52, Stanford 31.
    2011 Oregon 53, Stanford 30.

    2010 Oregon 37, OSU 20.
    2011 Oregon 49, OSU 21.
    2012 Oregon 48, OSU 24.

    So, one bad game, one loss in the last three years to those teams that you say bully us every year. Stanford beat us once in overtime by a FG, we beat them twice by three TDs. OSU managed to stay within 17 points of us once.

    Try again.

    (Nothing against FSU. It’s probably impossible to say, unless they meet on the field, who would win between Oregon and FSU. I hope they do meet. But the meme that Oregon can’t play against physical teams is pathetic.)

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    oldforester says: Nov 3, 2013 2:05 AM

    FSU is a good team playing in an average ACC conference. Before pounding your chests like King Kong get more familiar with the skill players Oregon would put on the field against you. Oregon has lost 1 game in two years, that by 3 pts in overtime to Stanford which finished lower in the final standings than Oregon. Mariota is faster, more experienced, & more accurate than Winston. Both are great teams, Oregon has a superior defense and more dangerous offense. Noles win kicking game, that’s it!!

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    Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 3, 2013 2:36 AM

    oldforester says: Nov 3, 2013 2:05 AM

    FSU is a good team playing in an average ACC conference. Before pounding your chests like King Kong get more familiar with the skill players Oregon would put on the field against you. Oregon has lost 1 game in two years, that by 3 pts in overtime to Stanford which finished lower in the final standings than Oregon. Mariota is faster, more experienced, & more accurate than Winston. Both are great teams, Oregon has a superior defense and more dangerous offense. Noles win kicking game, that’s it!!
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    That’s the thing that West Coast people fail to get through their heads — we watch those games every week. It is quite apparent that the same isn’t true for Oregon apologists who continue to speak about FSU as if they watch every week. We know who is on those teams. A lot of us do.

    The bottom line is the same, you watch film of Clemson and you see the same thing with Oregon. You just need to accept that reality.
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    Your rebuttal is flawed right from the start. Don’t say WEst Coast people b/c I’m west coast and I KNOW who and what is on this FSU team and I’m a FSU grad. Make no mistake about it, FSU would go Roman Regins on Oregon. Not just with talent but with ATTITUDE. I saw something tonight in the UM game that I haven’t seen since 1993 and that was ATTITUDE.When that skirmish took place in the 3rd quarter, all the ‘nice guys’ sat down and the Noles went from zero to MFer in nothing flat!! I’m not talking X’s and O’s but mettle. I don’t think Oregon can go that route for 60 minutes.

  19. rvillebluehen says: Nov 3, 2013 4:45 AM

    Now they leave no doubt that they are in the mix for a National Championship. They are not just winning, they are destroying every team they play. All three phases of their team have to be the best in the nation. Dominate. They will leap past an idle Oregon this week, they next week of Oregon beats Stanford they will go back to number 2. This whole thing will be decided in the very last week’s poll. Take nothing away from either of the top 3 teams, they all deserve a shot at a title. Instead of all the crazy talk about Oregon this FSU that is all bull s–t. Just lay back an enjoy the last few week of what’s going to be a great finish for a title run. GO NOLES

  20. madtownthrowdown says: Nov 3, 2013 6:22 AM

    So a few people have commented how Stanford doesn’t deserve to be #5. Is that kind of like how Miami had no business being #7 or even in the top 10 for that matter?

  21. fatcamper says: Nov 3, 2013 8:16 AM

    The difference between Miami and Stanford is that Miami hadn’t lost a game. It’s hard to justify keeping an undefeated BCS team out of the top ten. Even if everybody besides Uncle Luther saw they were over ranked.

  22. madtownthrowdown says: Nov 3, 2013 9:55 AM

    #1 all teams can be “BCS” teams, but really? Fresno State is left out, should they be top 10 also? Tell me what decent team Miami has beat this year? 4-4 Florida? They over ranked Miami to try and make last nights game look like it was going to be something. To bad the odd’s makers ruined that and called the bluff before it even happend. Embarrassed by 27 points on Natl’ TV. Yeah, wow! real good team. “The U” should just be called old news. Don’t worry Miami fans your overrated team will stay overrated and still be a top 12 team after being thoroughly dominated.

  23. gquesen says: Nov 3, 2013 10:27 AM

    Man, I’m a duck fan. But it’s really obvious that neither holes supporters nor duck addicts want to admit the other team is great. FSU crushed Miami last night, but it’s laughable to think Oregon wouldn’t have done the same. For everyone out there saying our defense isn’t good. Realize this: Oregon’s starters on defense have given up 24 points…ALL SEASON…our corners are ridiculous. If your an FSU fan that stays up and watches us, great, I’m glad you have the patience and perspective to do so. But at least admit we deserve to be in the conversation.

  24. thegamecocker says: Nov 3, 2013 10:39 AM

    @gquesen

    It is quite impressive the Ducks have given up only 24 points all season! The Oregon offense is incredible but giving up only 24 points so far is equally impressive. I think Oregon plays a more difficult schedule than FSU and this coming week Oregon plays Stanford which should be a great game. FSU can play with anyone and appear to have few if any weaknesses. Their QB is outstanding and the Defense is about as good as it gets. Alabama will have a difficult time regardless of which team gets there. The 4 teams that are head and shoulders above the rest: ‘Bama, Oregon, FSU, and Ohio State. Wish the BCS was over because these Final 4 would make for a great playoff.

  25. gquesen says: Nov 3, 2013 10:48 AM

    @thegamecooker

    Totally agree with you. Those four teams are just destroying teams. Really a shame there is no playoff this year. FSU-Oregon and Bama-Ohio St. In the semi’s…man I can’t wait for the playoff next year.

  26. oldforester says: Nov 3, 2013 12:02 PM

    Agree that all 4 teams could play in the championship game. My intuition says one of them will lose in the next week and I think it will be Alabama getting upset by LSU. Then Oregon vs FSU in Pasadena.

  27. swu32733 says: Nov 3, 2013 12:33 PM

    Oregon cheats.

  28. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 3, 2013 2:26 PM

    I can see Alabama losing twice, to be perfectly objective.

  29. realfootballfan says: Nov 3, 2013 2:49 PM

    Mr. Wright 212,

    This is the best quantification of Oregon, Clemson, etc. People need to accept the fact that there are certain laws that govern the competition in college football. There is a level that only a hand full of teams occupy when they’re at optimum strength. A few of the SEC teams with Alabama being the top of that list (LSU and Florida being the 1bteams in that conference) along with Georgia right outside of that sphere. Then, you have TX and USC and the other two Florida schools (FSU and Miami) just because of their legacy and the fertile recruiting grounds afforded to all of them by just being where they are and having resources to get most of those kids. Then, there’s everyone else. It’s why Saban was able to not only take over both Alabama and LSU and win in short order, but maintain their foundation (even after he left in LSU’s case) to such a high level.

    When any of these mentioned teams are at optimum strength going against those lessser teams, it’s going to end up being a loss for the lesser teams like what happened to Clemson and what would happen to Oregon if they played either FSU or Alabama. It’s why I say Miami just isn’t there yet because they’ve been ravaged by the cloud hanging over them, but they clearly had athletes to hang with FSU last night as opposed to Clemson 3 weeks ago, who had no shot. Once Miami shores up their depth and maybe gets some better coaching, especially on offense, they will be able to go toe to toe with FSU, Alabama, or anybody else for that matter.

    That’s just reality. It’s what happened to Oklahoma when they played Florida who wasn’t even at optimum strength that year when they beat them, what happened to Ohio State when they were the consensus number 1 and got trucked by Florida, and what happened to Oregon when they lost to Auburn, who I think we all can agree was the weakest SEC champ since their run began. If you notice, the one good game was when two of these teams matched up (USC/TX) and had potential to be a good game until Colt McCoy got hurt (TX/Alabama).

  30. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 3, 2013 3:05 PM

    FINALLY someone with some sense, and realizing that I’m not taking shots at Oregon to make a point.

    Oregon fans love to accuse people of not watching, failing to realize that people have Pac-12 Network and their games are on ESPN every week. Live eye test and game film don’t lie. To suggest that Oregon is anything more than a west coast Clemson with a slightly better defense is simply indicative of the very thing that Oregon fans accuse east coast viewers of doing.

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